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was shot and killed in his kandahar home today. a killer a bodyguard who taliban officials say they hired to infiltrate karzai's inner circle. this comes as a blow to the government just days after a visit from u.s. defense secretary leon panetta. we're joined by william cohen. thank you for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> let me ask you about this assassination. some have said this will be a huge propaganda victory for the taliban. do youee? >> anytime they can get that close to the inner circle of president karzai it's a big victory for them. it points out the difficulty that president karzai has had in trying to cope with the local politics as such where all frequently invoking tip o'neill's axiom that all politics is local. we're seeing that all politics are local in afghanistan. that's one of the problems that president karzai has. secondly his brother has a reputation of being a power broker. most of our military leaders have said there's not a military solution in afghanistan it's a political one. it makes it that much more difficult. i think it's going to be more challen
action against the taliban as well as al qaeda. meanwhile, secretary panetta told reporters on the plane it's time to focus on defeating al qaeda once and for all. >> i think we had undermined their ablthd to conduct 9/11-type attacks. we had them on the run. >> secretary panetta met with american military officials. atia abawi is in afghanistan. good morning. bring us up to date. >> good morning. panetta's very first trip as secretary of defense to afghanistan, before he landed he brought up the situation with al qaeda. he said, quote, the strategic defeat of al qaeda is within reach. this is a time to go after him, especially after bin laden. let's listen to what he had to say. >> now is the moment following what happened with bin laden, to put maximum pressure on them because i do believe that, if we continue this effort, that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> panetta said that, in fact, in that information they found from bin laden's compound it points to 10 to 20 key leaders of al qaeda in different places such as pakistan, yemen, somalia and different parts of africa. but coming b
making against the taliban as well as al qaeda. as well as $800 million in assistance could be suspended. this could cause some major problems. if pakistan takes tougher action, the aid could resume. mean while, defense secretary leon panetta is in afghanistan. panetta is meeting with american military leaders and afghan officials. nbc's atia abawi is in kabul this morning. bring us up to speed on what leon panetta is saying that al qaeda is basically on the run and close to being completely stamped out. >> reporter: good morning, thomas. the new secretary of defense's first trip as the defense secretary here in afghanistan, prior to arriving he talked to reporters on the plane about how he feels alg al qaeda is going right now, the war against terror. he says the strategic defeat of al qaeda is within reach, primarily pointing the the death of bin laden, the information they got from the compound including names of different key al qaeda leaders. he says this is the time to actually end the war with al qaeda. let's listen to what he had to say. >> now is the moment following what happen
's gone too far. >> paul thank you for joining us. appreciate your time. >> thank you. >>> the taliban is getting in on the phone hacking thing. the afghan group insists its phones and website were hacked and that's what caused the announcement that its leader had died. the taliban now insists its chief is alive. denies that he died of a heart attack in spite of the text message and web announcement that went out. the taliban blames u.s. intelligence agencies for the hack. >>> a stark warning from the capitol. we're in the debt deadline danger zone. time is running out to get a deal done. just 13 days left. and now there are three debt proposals being debated on capitol hill. none of them with any kind of consensus. yesterday the republican-led house passed cut, cap and balance. the tea party backed plan calls for deep spending cuts, a balanced cap and balanced budget amendment. republicans cheered the plan, democrats say it's a nonstarter. >> it's time for republicans in the house and the senate to end the political shenanigans to drop their doa plan to cap, cut and kill medicare and
concluded that taxpayer money has the been indirectly funneled to the taliban. the report that focuses on a transportation contract says there's been cases of money laundering and kickbacks given to afghan officials and police. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton says a senior north korean official will visit the u.s. this week to discuss the possible resumption of long-stalled talks on ending pyongyang's nuclear programs. >>> sources say congressman david wu won't run for re-election. but won't resign, either. house democratic leader, nancy pelosi, is seeking an ethics investigation into the accusations. >>> and astronomers have found the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected. the water is 140 trillion times all of the water in the earth's ocean. it surrounds a black hole, billions of light years away. >>> the dow opens at 12,681, after falling 43 points on friday. the s&p gained 1 point. and the nasdaq rose 24. looking at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei lost 82 points. while in hong song, the hang seng dipped. >>> sign posts point to where the e
qaeda in the strength that al qaeda existed several years ago. i's probably not the taliban. it's the history. the flow of the country. having dinner with a young marine corps captain, they said if they removed every weapon from the taliban and cleansed every village of a weapon, they would throw rocks at us. they don't want us there. it's time to come home. >> john heilman, you are chasing them across america in this decade long war in afghanistan. are they talking about it? do they care about it? are they focused on it? do they talk? >> more of the latter than the former. people generally talk about it in the aspect of being asked about it. it's not on the top five list of voters. >> any presidential candidates? >> you have to have a position on it. what's interesting is because the public turned decisively against the wars. >> what does michele bachmann say? she's a tea party candidate. what does she say ability the war? >> she's been relatively silent on the issue. it's been among the main street candidates. mitt romney -- >> huntsman. >> huntsman and romney taking a positio
close advisers as well as a member of parliament, taliban is claiming responsibility. it comes less than a week after the assassination of karzai's half brother. >>> some terrifying moments in canada when a sudden and violent storm caused the main stage at an ottawa blues festival to completely collapse. look at that there. the performing band cheap trick managed to escape unharmed but at least five stage volunteers were hurt. one seriously. >>> well, first it was mila kunis, then justin timberlake, now 90-year-old actress betty white has been invited to the marine corps ball. in a youtube ball ray lewis called the legendary "golden girl" funny, sweet and mature, the all-around perfect woman. where there's a good story, there's always betty white. it always works out that way. >>> here's your "first look" at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12479 after gaining 42 points on friday. the s&p rose 7 points. nasdaq climbed 27. >>> taking a look at overseas trading this morning n tokyo, the nikkei added 38 points. but in hong kong, the hang seng dropped 70. >>> well, thi
laundering and cross transit into afghanistan. it is operating as a portal for the taliban and al qaeda. why is iran doing this? probably not for idea logical reasons. they wanted to reach a deal and ever since then they have been holding this issue. there have been high ranking members that are allowed to live in iran. the question is what games do they want to play? >> they have different approaches and what does iran stand to gain by giving this safe passage to al qaeda? >> this is not idea logical. they are looking at the situation and maybe saying in terms of existential threats to the existence of the rezeem in tehran, what is the biggest threat? is it al qaeda or the united states? in the minds of the leadership right now, they see the u.s. as a greater threat than they do al qaeda. they can deal with it. the u.s. is a real threat. >> more next hour. many thanks. >> the syrian government is ratching up the crack down on activists ahead of the holy month of ramadan. syrian troops and tanks stormed the city before dawn today, killing at least 45 people in a borage of shelling and gunfir
to rescue members of his team. he made four trips in to rescue his team in a battle with the taliban. >>> and john edwards owes the federal government a lot of money. an audit found that his presidential campaign owes $2.1 million in matching funds that it was not entitled to receive. and the campaign owes another $140,000 on what is called a data check. and in an unrelated event, he was indicted for using campaign money to hide his pregnant mistress. >>> and michelle obama is taking part in an "extreme makeover" edition. the episode features a 15-year navy vet who is trying to put an end to homelessness among women veterans, and the makeover team will build a home that can house several families at a time, and those are the things that we thought you should know. several families at a time, and for dentists, the choice is clear. fact is, more dental professionals brush with an oral-b toothbrush than any other brush. trust the brush more dentists and hygienists use, oral-b. but it's our job to make them say something interesting. so how about this weekend we learn some new tricks of
is a real signal from the taliban and network they can go to a target right in the heart of the capital. if the karzai forces we've been training up can't defend -- they responded well in the emergency, we're told, but if they can't respond in kabul, isn't that a signal it's going to be a long haul, and maybe there is no legacy end of the tunnel? >> i think the reset of our afghan policy last week by the president was correct. i think it was long in coming. i was never a fan of the surge or the counterinsurgency doctrine. karzai is not a willing partner. last week this mumbai style shooting attack, it could have been worse. i would give the afghans a little credit, but it was staged by the hakani gnat wornetwork, protected group, protected by the pakistani government. that group comes over the border regularly, kills our troops and obviously now is prepared to shoot at big targets in afghanistan. it's a bad signal about how ready the pakistanis are to confront terror networks in their own country. >> jane harman from the woodrow wilson center, thank you very much. >>> and up next here,
of the last year, the taking away of important safe haivens inside afghanistan from the taliban. there's clearly tough work and fighting that lies ahead. i repeatedly said while the progress is significant, for example, it remains fragile and reversible. >>> general david patreaus spending his eighth fourth of july and his last as commander of allied forces in afghanistan visiting the troops in the southern part of that country yesterday. welcome back to morning joe, pat buchanan and gerald ford with us. best-selling author and wes moore, good to have you on the show this morning. patreaus will start the new job as director of the cia in september. he talks about the hard work ahead. the changes in the troops. any gut feeling about how that will transpire? >> one transition we'll see is as we're leaving the 10,000 and the 20,000, how that's going to change in terms of troop alignment and geoloe geography. we'll see a shift towards the east to the pakistan border. that's where i spent my time. we're starting to see a lot of the flow from fighters coming from pakistan. >> let me ask you,
the taliban spokesperson who claims they did kidnap a nato service member. they claimed it was an american. they said they also killed him. >> in kabul, thank you. >>> president obama is taking a break from the debt debate to celebrate the fourth of july with military families later this evening. we are live at the white house watching that for us. what is on the agenda for us? >> hi, richard. you are right. today is all about celebrating the fourth of july. president obama and his family were at camp david over the weekend. they got back last evening. this evening, they are hosting a celebration for military members and families. it will be filled with a barbecue fourth of july celebration and also wouldn't be complete without fireworks. everyone is looking forward to that event. a break from the talk about raising the debt ceiling. it will be focused on the fourth of july. >> talking about the debt, we are quickly approaching a second debt deadline that we have been hearing so much about recently. there's word the president could by pass congress if the deal is not worked out. how will t
reflects the suffering of all afghan people. the u.s. has condemned the killing. a taliban spokesperson said they hired the gunman and he was punished for all of his wrongdoings. leon panetta with no comments about the military role in the middle east saying the u.s. will have an enduring presence for many years. panetta was making remarks during his first visit to iraq as pentagon chief where he met with nuri al maliki yesterday. just one of several issues he's tackling during his trip. here's chief pentagon correspondent traveling with the defense secretary. >> reporter: the new secretary of defense leon panetta was troubled by the landscape below. u.s. forces said to withdraw by the end of the year are caught up in a war. 15 americans killed in the past month by iraqi extremists armed with rockets and roadside bombs supply by iran. panetta told a gathering of soldiers the killing must end. >> my first responsibility as secretary of defense is to make damned sure we do everything necessary to protect you. >> reporter: panetta pressured iraq's top officials to send iraqi military force
to the taliban. the unreleased investigation provides seemingly definitive evidence that corruption has put u.s. money into enemy hands. >> and the sixth and largest state, new york, recognizes same-sex marriage. that's a look at the news. time for politico with willie. >> we turn to the chief white house correspondent, mr. mike allen. >> welcome back, willie. >> thank you, and good to see you. let's talk about the rivalry between tim pawlenty and michele bachmann, and at first they said they did not want to go negative, but things have changed, haven't they? >> the minnesota twins are going after each other. it started with pawlenty's campaign, who's up against bachmann in iowa. she's the favorite. he has to do well there and he isolated her as his number one threat. his campaign put out material talking about how she has little record and saying she will fade, that she doesn't have a future. and then everything interesting happened, and until now congresswoman bachmann has shrugged off attacks from pawlenty, and this time she engages with him, and it suggests he is looking stronger and she
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